Tamworth's Twin Peaks Challenge raises more than $10,000 for MND research

GRUELLING: Olav Tvedten finishes third in the Twin Peaks Challenge.

GRUELLING: Olav Tvedten finishes third in the Twin Peaks Challenge.

IT’S one thing to ride and run your way through a gruelling mountainous course, but it’s another to do it for a good cause. Dozens rolled out to Flagstaff Saturday morning for the annual Twin Peaks Challenge, offering athletes a short and long course featuring road, off-road and trail elements. 

The annual event, organised by Centaur Outdoor Events, has raised more than $190,000 for the Ronald McDonald House over the years. 

But this year, the challenge raised money for motor neurone disease as part of the local Champs, Cramps and Challenges campaign, donating more than $10,000 to the cause. 

Local competitors were kept on their toes by entrants from Sydney and Brisbane, but ot was local man Simon Heppell who claimed first-place honours. 

Cyclist Fraser Ashford came in second, Daniel Stewart third and Olav Tvedten fourth. 

Organiser Peter Manning praised the efforts of everyone involved

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